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Barry v. Quality Steel Products, Inc.

Connecticut Supreme Court
820 A.2d 258 (2003)


Facts

Neil and Diana Barry, and Bernard and Lynn Cohade worked as carpenters for DeLuca Construction Company (DeLuca). They were working on a platform attached to a roof by brackets designed by Quality Steel Products, Inc. (Quality Steel) and sold by Ring’s End, Inc. (Ring’s End). Some of the brackets had been installed by another DeLuca employee using nails that were smaller than recommended. The platform collapsed, injuring the four carpenters. The Barrys and the Cohades (the carpenters) (plaintiffs) sued Quality Steel and Ring’s End (defendants). The trial court instructed the jury on the doctrine of superseding cause. The jury found that Quality Steel’s brackets were defective and unreasonably dangerous, and that the defect was a proximate cause of the carpenters’ accident, but ultimately found in favor of Quality Steel and Ring’s End. The carpenters appealed, arguing that the trial court improperly instructed the jury on the doctrine of superseding cause.

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